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AHL Notebook: Maple Leafs affiliate continues to roll

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / AHL Update

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

Can anything stop the Toronto Marlies' rampage across the American Hockey League?

The loss of their two top goaltenders, leading scorer and a number of top forwards making the quick cab ride to Air Canada Centre for duty with the parent Toronto Maple Leafs has not slowed the AHL-leading Marlies.

Goaltenders Antoine Bibeau and Garret Sparks have been with the Maple Leafs at various points; Bibeau was returned to the Marlies on Monday, but the loss of the Bibeau-Sparks tandem has forced the Marlies to go with ECHL recall Rob Madore and NHL veteran Ray Emery, who they signed to a tryout deal in December.

Stars' Sharp finally feels at home with new team

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Dallas Stars forward Patrick Sharp quickly befriended center Jason Spezza when he joined the team in July. Because why wouldn't he?

Sharp had just been traded to the Stars from the Chicago Blackhawks. He had spent 10 seasons in Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup three times and raising a family. He had to find someone who could relate. Spezza was about the only person who could.

One year earlier Spezza was trying to do the same thing after he got traded to the Stars from the Ottawa Senators, the only team he had known in his 11 NHL seasons.

Domi, Eichel making adjustments to succeed in NHL

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

As much as NHL scouts and general managers would have you believe they knew all along their top NHL Draft choice would one day be a success story, the fact is each player has a different timetable to when that script actually begins to take shape.

Arizona Coyotes left wing Max Domi, chosen No. 12 in the 2013 NHL Draft, needed two more seasons with London in the Ontario Hockey League before finally earning a top-six role in the League this season.

It appears Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, selected No. 2 in the 2015 draft, needed almost half an NHL season to discover his comfort level among the best hockey players in the world.

Blackhawks' Panarin maintains lead in Calder race

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Chicago Blackhawks rookie left wing Artemi Panarin might be a few years older than other first-year players in the NHL this season. But the fact that he's been able to process, adjust and excel on the smaller ice in his first season in North America is a pretty remarkable feat nonetheless.

Panarin, 24, also has been the perfect complement for right wing Patrick Kane on Chicago's second line, centered by Artem Anisimov. When Kane and Panarin are on the ice together at even strength they control more than 50 percent of shot attempts.

"The chemistry between Panarin, Kane and Anisimov is off the charts," Blackhawks senior director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley told "That line was put together in training camp and here it is still. [Blackhawks coach] Joel Quenneville is known for fixing lines but the chemistry on this line has been dynamite."

Oilers' Hendricks suspended three games for boarding

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 11:34 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKEdmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks has been suspended for three games, without pay, for boarding Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during NHL game No. 629 in Edmonton on Sunday, Jan. 10, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 2:12 of the third period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Hendricks will forfeit $29,838.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Selanne welcomes Ovechkin into the 500-goal club

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 12:49 PM / NHL Insider

Retired forward Teemu Selanne, a proud member of the 500-goal club, was happy to welcome Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin into the select fraternity.

Ovechkin became the 43rd player to score 500 NHL goals when he scored 16:19 into the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center on Sunday. He is the first player to reach 500 since Jarome Iginla on Jan. 7, 2012. He scored No. 501 later in the game. His 26 goals this season lead the League.

"Score No. 8, Alexander Ovechkin!" Selanne said in a video posted by the Anaheim Ducks. "Well done. Five hundred goals in the NHL. Welcome to the club and keep it going. Many, many to come."

Nash, Crosby among candidates to reach 500 goals

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 12:44 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd NHL player with 500 goals when he scored in the second period Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.

Later this season, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa could become the 44th player; he scored two goals Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche to give him 493. San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, who has 470 goals, likely will get there next season.

After them, who could be next? Vincent Lecavalier of the Los Angeles Kings (411) and Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils (409) are next on the active player list, but Lecavalier is 35 and has said this will be his final season, and Elias is 39 and has played 13 games this season -- none since Dec. 19 -- because of a knee injury.

Fantasy All-Access: Predators becoming top targets

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Every Monday, staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

Shortly after John Tortorella took over as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 21 it became clear that center Ryan Johansen soon would be playing elsewhere in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets on Wednesday traded Johansen, 23, to the Nashville Predators for 21-year-old defenseman Seth Jones.

The addition of Johansen in Nashville will have significant fantasy implications. In his first game with the Predators, at the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, Johansen started on the top line with left wing Colin Wilson and right wing James Neal. By the end of the game Filip Forsberg had replaced Wilson on the line. Forsberg, Johansen and Neal were a line Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes while Wilson was out because of a lower-body injury.

If Wilson (C/LW, 7 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) plays with Johansen when he returns, he's worth adding to help fill a hole created by an injury to a key player. Although he has four goals in 36 games this season, he did score a career-high 20 in 77 games in 2014-15.

Oilers forward Hendricks faces Player Safety hearing

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 10:55 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for a hit against Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during a game Sunday at Rexall Place.

The incident occurred at 2:15 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play. Ekblad went to the dressing room following the hit but returned to the bench.

Alex Ovechkin adds 500th goal to career timeline

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 9:05 AM / NHL Insider

Alex Ovechkin has earned his reputation as one of the best pure goal-scorers in NHL history. His elite performance during his 11 seasons, all with the Washington Capitals, has made him a generational talent.

The 30-year-old Russian forward is a seven-time First-Team All-Star, the 2006 Calder Trophy winner, a three-time Hart Trophy winner, a five-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner, a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, and a three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner.

He’s now the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 goals. Here's a look at some of the most important dates in Ovechkin's career:

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